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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Abject Enemies of Childlike Wonder

False Dilemma

A false dilemma is a type of informal fallacy in which something is falsely claimed to be an "either/or" situation, when in fact there is at least one additional option.[1]

A false dilemma can arise intentionally, when a fallacy is used in an attempt to force a choice or outcome. The opposite of this fallacy is false compromise.

The false dilemma fallacy can also arise simply by accidental omission of additional options rather than by deliberate deception. For example, "Stacey spoke out against capitalism, therefore she must be a communist" (she may be neither capitalist nor communist). "Roger opposed an atheist argument against Christianity, so he must be a Christian" (When it's assumed the opposition by itself means he's a Christian). Roger might be an atheist who disagrees with the logic of some particular argument against Christianity.

Argument to Moderation

Argument to moderation (Latin: argumentum ad temperantiam)—also known as false equivalence, false compromise, [argument from] middle ground, equidistance fallacy, and the golden mean fallacy[1]—is an informal fallacy which asserts that the truth must be found as a compromise between two opposite positions.[2][3] An example of a fallacious use of the argument to moderation would be to regard two opposed arguments—one person saying that slavery is always wrong, while another believes it to be legitimate—and conclude that the truth must therefore lie somewhere in between.[4] One could imagine a society that accepts a midway position between slavery and non-slavery as truth using the argument to moderation, and it's only the cultural values of freedom and decency and the like, that would object. If these values did not exist then the culture might find the middle ground true.


A rebirth of wonder entails freedom from the vice grip of peer pressure that would rob us of our God-given duty to seek truth within the company of our Senior Partner and Omniscient
Creator/Redeemer .  

It is remarkable that John McCain selected the following hymn in bidding us farewell.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Political Potty

Let me tell you why I like John Kasich and why he is my kind of leader—because he understands that affirming Christian/democratic values is about proactive positive endurance and NOT about glitzy miracle cures (--democracy’s never-ending background noise of Political Potty).  How is John to succeed in running for national office when other candidates tickle our ears with escapist fantasies in full back-slapping, glad-handing mode.  (If John were a clinical researcher, he would be cautiously positive about the direction of cancer research without assuring us that by hiring him overnight all cancers on earth would morph into the very epitome of unexcelled benign cellular health.)

We must humbly submit to the fact that democracy is a wonderful recipe for the joyful and gracious (and often forgiving) journey on the bumpy road to human improvement, but likewise it is colored by the somber recognition that the ultimate solution to some national and human ills may require many years of hard-fought gains in multifarious fields not even currently known.  (For example, electronic computers have made the writing of this very blog possible—yet a device inconceivable to me when a high school student.)  “Let freedom ring” is the very air that creativity requires but is fully exploitable only by discipline and hard work.  And since in societal learning and improvement the sidekick to Success is its bosom-buddy Failure, we must discern to what extent the sacrificial individual or societal units are to pay with pain or to be relieved with practical gratitude.

So then, I would ask my Christian friends to remember that Jesus himself said that only the Heavenly Father—our loving Senior Creative Partner--knows when the fullness of time will occur.  Let us rejoice that He has given each of us a unique role to play in the struggle to reaching the Promise Land.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Too Big to Fail

Please first view Clip from American football-related movie Concussion (in link here)


The psychological drive for invulnerability is a huge influence in human affairs.  The wonder of paradox is its glaringly counter-intuitive nature.  The more resources—The Bigger they are—can be an express ticket not to “Better” but to Disaster.  A resource from this point of view can be considered money, status, muscle, market position, credentials, or even self-confidence.  The race of the Turtle and the Hare is a template for innumerable hard and decidedly unromantic lessons of life.

A central lesson of Christianity is that humility is mightier than arrogance.  As that translates in science it means that hypotheses are tentative and subject to verification.

We are all too familiar with the phrase “Too Big to Fail.”  We should be warned that this denies the texture, complexity, and paradoxical forces of life.

Those versed in Scripture appreciate the “horizontal” person-to-person aspect of life and the “vertical” nature of our relationship with God.  Thus, relationships with other humans can be sketched out in a continuum from absolute preoccupation with self on one extreme to unconditional denial of self and affirmation of others on the other.  Jesus suggests a balance in his affirmation that we are to love others as ourselves.  This view of justice is not complete however since it assumes a totally Godly nature of the societal status quo—it assumes that possession is 9/10s of the law whereas in truth wealth creation can be ridiculously unrelated to the distribution thereof.  It is at this point that believers join to prayerfully seek the Lord’s will.


When viewing movie Concussion, note the Christian/democratic/disciplined arts and sciences approach of absolute loving particular note how the doctor lovingly addresses his deceased subjects--this approach participates in our Creator"s great love for us--the only true wonder open to objectivity.   After the movie, sit through the credits and be humbled by the vast number of creators involved and their abundance of disciplined gifts.
(Movie Trailer below).


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Monday, August 20, 2018

The Long Tracks of Organic Memory and Allied Inorganic Technology

Recognizing the Bitter-Sweet Keepsakes of Whistle Stop Townships:

(Link to edited clip from classic movie Fried Green Tomatoes)


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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Rocky Mountain Highs

Patriots tend to focus on freedom as having a governmental attribute often characterized with tribute to the many who have suffered and died to protect and defend nation-state democracies. The homeland is ultimately underwritten domestically by the application of the Sword of the State which identifies and curtails hurtful anti-social behavior that has been duly codified.

During my stay at Saint Anthony's Hospital this week, I complimented the attending Registered Nurse (Don) for his thoughtfulness and proactive courtesies shown to my friends who occasionally stopped by to visit me. He immediately replied with a question…"You know why?" When I shook my head “No", he replied, “FREEDOM"  He could see I was searching for further clarification, and he said “My manager (Jackie) gives me the freedom to do such things.”  I knew immediately what this meant.

For like many others who would joyfully serve up their very best in expansive fields of sunlit uplands, we can find ourselves instead crawling through a maze of  dank Indiana Jones underground caverns whose floors seethe with angry scorpions ready to fire cocked-and-loaded stingers when incited by the perverted and overweening pleasure of the self-appointed masters of the universe.  

This condition is rightly seen as heavily toxic to the divinely solocitous and creative better angels of our nature. Their thuswise crippled performance serve to remind us of the huge importance that due regard suffuse a structure with persistent self-constraint and humility (power under control) necessary to nourish a ruddy social climate of freedom and responsibility--intertwining the wonder of paradox with the interwoven mystic chords of soul.  

The larger point to make is that freedom's enterprising spirit should extend to the maximum extent possible.   What's the point of living in a free nation-state if  chained daily by cruel circumstance to a local workplace satiated with poisonous sadism thinly disguised as no-nonsense tough-as-nails management.  Surely by now we humans should see through this deception which finds no joy but in the desecration of human hope and happiness.

Friday, July 27, 2018

To My Brother and Sister Believers

Soon the current American political abomination will end as justice and truth pierce the night. Yet the forces of sadism will retain a strong national force of virulent cynicism  How shall the forces of light counter such self-destructive madness?  It is clear that we must heighten our affinity with and receptivity to the eternal and sustaining heavenly powers.  Trusting in the redemptive powers of the Way is essential. As in ages past, let us keenly seek the guidance of Providence and have unflinching faith to practically effectuate divine intimations and directives both as individuals and community. 

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